Messiah Preview

This year, Messiah College, along with Lycoming, joins the Empire Conference for the first time.  After getting Derek Ricker through the Midwest Region to the NCAA tournament last year, the 2007-2008 team will aim for the top of the podium against mostly New York schools.   Trent Zempel, a placewinner at 184 in the Region last year, returns to his more natural weight class of 165 and is joined by a strong group of light and middle weights.

School: Messiah College
Head Coach: Bryan Brunk
Years at School: 4
Assistant Coaches: Ben Stum, Matt Gorkos

2006-2007 Dual Meet Record: 5-16
2007 NCAA Place: —
2007 National Qualifying Tournament Place: 9th Midwest Region

Returning NCAA Qualifiers and All-Americans: —

Total Number of Returning Starters: 3

Notable Incoming Freshmen:
125 John Ayers (2X 3rd VA-A State)
141 Logan Putnam (8th Nat. Prep)
149 Steve Willingham (2X placer MD)
157 Mike Bressler (5X Nat. Prep placer)
174 David Jones (7th Beast, PA AAA Q)

Projected Lineup (feel free to list multiple names at each weight if unsure about the starter)
125: Bryce Stever, John Ayers
133: Josh Cragg, Domineak Commodore, Matt Bradshaw
141: Barry Thrush
149: Craig Gin, Jordan Ohman
157: Craig Gin, Jordan Ohman, Arthur Milner, Mike Bressler
165: Trent Zempel, Craig Hogan
174: David Jones
184: Matt McHugh
197: Dando Speers
285: Mike Kincaid